• Class Number 2833
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Prof Li Narangoa
    • Prof Li Narangoa
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

In the 13th century, Mongol armies created one of the largest empires in world history, stretching at its height from the Sea of Japan to the Mediterranean, from the South China Sea to the Baltic.  Although short-lived, this empire had a profound influence on world history, creating unprecedented cultural and economic links between East and West and transforming political structures in China, the Middle East and Europe.  This course examines the Mongol empire, its rapid rise and sudden decline, comparatively in the global context of empire-building and the management of complex imperial structures.  It assesses the long-term impacts of the Mongol eruption on politics, religion and popular culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. To develop students' capacity to see current and historical structures in the international order in comparative perspective.
  2. To deepen empirical knowledge of the past and its patterns as a basis for citizenship.
  3. To develop analytical, research and writing skills.

Genghis Khan and Mongol rule

Author: George Lane

Publisher: Indianapolis, IN: Hackett

Edition: 2009

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Who were the Mongols The assessment for this course consists of in class participation, one oral project one exam and an essay. For more details please see below assessment section and wattle page.
2 Chinggis Khan
3 The Mongol Conquests
4 The Mongol State: From Ogodei to Mongke
5 Gender in the Mongol Empire
6 The Golden Horde; The Ilkhanate
7 The Chaghadai Ulus
8 The Yuan & East Asia
9 The Chinggis Exchange (Pax-Mongolica)
10 Culture & Religion in the Mongol Empire
11 Fall of the Mongol Empire
12 The Mongol Legacy

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation and group activities, 20% 20 % 01/03/2023 29/05/2023 1,2
Class Debate (oral): 15% 15 % 21/04/2023 21/05/2023 1,2
Essay I, 25% 25 % 30/03/2023 25/04/2023 1,2,3
Essay II, 40% 40 % 04/06/2023 23/06/2023 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Participation and group activities, 20%

Students are required to read the weekly readings (at least two) and actively participate in the class discussion and group activities.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 21/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Class Debate (oral): 15%

Students will be asked to argue for or against a proposition in class 

Each student should speak for approximately 5:00 minutes

Presentations will be graded based upon:

i) Clarity of argumentative line

ii) Use of examples

iii) Strong presentation structure

iv) Demonstrated mastery of the material    

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 30/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 25/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Essay I, 25%

Write a Minor Essay of 1,000 words (postgrad 2,000)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 23/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Essay II, 40%

Write a final essay of 2000 words (postgraduate 3500-4000).

Write an essay comparing some aspect of the Mongol empire with a similar aspect of one or more other empires. Possible topics include military strategy, international relations, religious policy, economic policy, treatment of minorities, decline and fall. Please consult the lecturing staff before choosing a topic and a comparison for advice on practicalities. The essay should be fully referenced using footnotes (not in-text citations).… The referencing system should be consistent. Students must be familiar with the university policy on plagiarism. See http://academichonesty.anu.edu.au/

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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